The Lounsberry family consists of myself, Laura, my husband Chris, children Kaitlyn, Sean, and Aidan, and furry children Wilson, Chinook, Gigli, Havoc, Raven, Skye, Ike, Poseidon, and Georgia and a few out on contract. Our love of Goldens started in 1996 with our first golden, Alex. Chris went out to sea for a deployment, and I (newlywed), became very lonely for a companion. I bought Alex, and he quickly worked his way into our hearts and lives. I had many different breeds of dogs growing up, saw many more working as a veterinary technician through college. After Alex, though, I knew golden retrievers were the breed for me. Their kind faces, beautiful coats, gentleness, athleticism, and intelligence won me over. We lost Alex to a second round cancer in 2008. I couldn't stand not having a dog in the family for too long, and started my search for a healthier line of Goldens. That search took me all the way to Perth, Australia. I loved the look of the Goldens from my now dear friend and mentor Lillian Robinson of Glenregal Kennels. I liked the look of her English type litter with creamy coats,"blocky" heads, dark gentle eyes. I also liked the fact that the grandparents of the pups were still in perfect health, and both parents were certified healthy hips, elbows, eyes, and hearts. I bought "Wilson" from Lillian, started showing him as pup in Hawaii. He is a lovely creme color, very strong, and has the most handsome head. He showed very well in Italy and has many CAC's and CACIB's under his belt from national and international wins.
Shortly after, I decided to get a female from Rose Easton's Montego Kennels, a well known show kennel in Sydney, Australia. Dani is a very near white golden, has a beautiful coat, and an even prettier disposition.
A year and a half later, Lillian chose not to breed Goldens anymore as it is a lot of work to whelp such large litters. She gave me Wilson's sister, "Chinook", and she is the more delicate, feminine version of Wilson. Wilson, Chinook, and Dani have started showing as pups in Hawaii, continued on with their show career in Italy, and now are retired from the show world. I have added Tio to my kennel. He is a beautiful very creme male with excellent pigment. Very English type and available for stud. I have done his OFA eyes, and heart, and international hip studies which show excellent hips (I do intend to do his OFA hips also now that he is 2). I don't do tons of showing as my family is still young, and we all have varied interests, but when I do go, my dogs have done very well.
I have recently started my American line of goldens. We are working closely with Leongolden Kennels originally from Italy but now relocated to Florida. We have purchased Havoc, Raven, and Poseidon from them and they have been showing well in America.
I also have also been blending English type with American type for a beautiful "fusion type". My "Skye" is a beautiful blend.
We also have a couple bulldogs for my husband to show. In 2012 we added a new addition to make my husband happy. "Chop" Shamrock Van't Padana Home, an English Bulldog from the Netherlands came bowling into our lives. However, on April 4, 2014 tragedy struck our lives upon Chris' return flight to the US. Our beloved Chop did not survive the flight. As devastating as it was, we were blessed with an opportunity to again have another English Bulldog bless our lives - "Ike" came to us on Chris' birthday from Chrissy Neff at CMT Bulldogs. The Goldens have accepted him, my husband is happy, so I'm happy. Ike started his show career late 2014 and is almost finished already! He is now an English Bulldog Stud Available to approved females.
An additional Bulldog graced our lives when we were asked to meet Georgia Rose from Shakare Ancrum at Ancrum's Bulldogs. She is a more European type bully and slower to mature, but good things come to those who wait. She is a beautiful red and white bully with an amazing lower jaw, and is a spit fire at times and a lover at other moments. She is also doing well in show, and will make a bigger debut at the end of 2015. We are thinking English Bulldog Puppies Winter 2015/2016 in Chesapeake, Virginia!!!
I guess now our friends consider us the "crazy dog people", but we would not have it any other way. We have moved to Chesapeake and have a beautiful house with 3 acres and a pool for the dogs (and us). We love enriching people lives with our beautiful, healthy puppies and contributing to the advancement of such wonderful breeds.